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North Korea – Where Do We Go from Here?
October 19 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
This year’s UN day at NCC will focus on the threat of a crisis in the relationship between North Korea and the US. Our program “North Korea – Where do we go from here?” will be held at 11:30am in the Gen Re Forum and will feature two guest speakers.
President David Levinson will offer opening remarks.
Dr. Thomas Ward, Dean of the University of Bridgeport’s College of Public and International Affairs, will discuss “The View from Pyongyang or ‘Insights into How Kim Jong Eun Thinks.”
Ms. Sonja Bachmann, Team Leader for Northeast Asia, Department of Political Affairs UN, will present: “The UN and Conflict Prevention – North Korea.”
About Thomas Ward
Thomas Ward is Dean of the University of Bridgeport’s College of Public and International Affairs. He teaches graduate courses in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and in East Asian Political and Economic Integration. Ward’s current research deals with the unsettled World War II comfort women issue and the impact that it has on inter-state relations amongst Korea, Japan and the United States. In May 1992 Ward joined a delegation of former members of Congress and former senior federal government officials who visited Pyongyang. This gesture contributed to the DPRK making the unprecedented decision not to hold its annual “anti-American month” for the first time since the end of the Korean War.
About Sonja Bachmann
Ms. Sonja Bachmann has worked for over 17 years in the United Nations Department of Political Affairs and in the United Nations Department for Peacekeeping Operations. In that capacity, she has worked in Afghanistan based in Kandahar for four years supporting elections, the rule of law and women’s participation, as well as a Senior Peace and Development Adviser in the UN Pacific Office with the United Nations Development Program. Ms. Bachmann also supported the Nepal peace process, which included the integration of Maoist combatants and constitutional reform and has served as a Senior Adviser on the Cyprus negotiations. Previous to joining the United Nations, Ms. Bachmann has worked for the World Bank on community driven development and on sustainable tourism in Peru. She holds a Master in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, MA, and a PhD in political science from the University of Vienna, Austria.